Regions 6 & 8 Fall Conference 2022

Thursday, October 6, 2022
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (map)

Thanks to all who attended this year's Regions 6 and 8 Fall Conference! We will see you in 2023.

Please make checks payable to: MSSA REGION 6 (Credit cards are not accepted.)
Information about registering by check in brochure below.


8:30 - 9:00 am Registration/Check-in Opens

9:00 - 9:30 am Welcome
Beth Ringer, MSW, LGSW, Executive Director, Minnesota Social Service Association
9:30 am - 11:30 am Racial Equity in Rural Minnesota
Dr. Bradley Wolfe, Ridgewater College
Racial equity work is about progress, not perfection. What can rural folks do to advance racial equity in their community? We will discuss strategies for thinking critically about how your community may be upholding systems of racism—and what you can do in your relationships to break the cycle. Whether you are new to racial justice or need a refresher to reaffirm your commitment, this will be a space to gather resources you can apply in your sphere of influence.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm Awards Ceremony

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch Buffet
1:15 - 3:15 pm

The Fine Line of Ethical Dilemmas
Erika Sletten, MSW, LICSW
This training will include a framework for working through ethical dilemmas and understanding the top risk factors for ethical misconduct. Through processing real-life examples of ethical problems, participants will leave the training with a better understanding of the impact of documentation and consultation on social work and human services.

 3:15 - 3:30 pm Evaluations/Door Prizes (must be present to win)
 3:30 pm Adjourn

About the speakers

Dr. Bradley Wolfe (he/him) is an award-winning communication instructor at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson, and he has been teaching college communication courses since 2014. He currently serves on the boards of MN ADOPT and BlueSky Charter School. Bradley has previously served as Executive Director of a small nonprofit and as the Southwest Minnesota Regional Coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In addition to his expertise in racial equity, his academic work includes publications and conference presentations on service-learning, nonprofit leadership, and video games.

Erika Sletten, MSW, LICSW, began her professional career in child protection work for Faribault and Martin County Human Services. Later, she became the Corporate Social Service Director for The Thro Company, along with facilitating the Ethics Committee. She has also worked in hospice, home care, and bereavement services at the New Ulm Medical Center (Allina Health). At Allina, she was also on the Ethics Committee and completed the Ethics Consult Training (a 12-week program). Erika is passionate about reaching a deeper understanding of ethical dilemmas that occur in social work practice, and she has been providing trainings on ethics, self-care, mindfulness, and supervision for practicum students for over five years.